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Posted 10/17/2015 5:13am by Andre Cantelmo.

   Another summer season has flown by and we have had some beautiful autumn weather to mark the occasion. It has been an abundant season, not without it's obstacles. We try to give you a wide variety of vegetables of as high a quality as possible each week. All of us here at the farm hope that you enjoyed the seasons' harvest with family and friends and thank you for your involvement.

  We'd thought that last week might be the last with eggplant, but we had a great harvest yesterday. I know that some of you aren't terribly fond of eggplant but you won't see another from us for another nine months. Enjoy the fruits of summer while they are around. Leeks make their first appearance this week. They seem much happier after the recent rains and are certainly delicious. Lettuce, after a long season of being food only for deer, also returns to shares. For those of you who pick up at the farm stand and are familiar with the field up front, the lettuce is planted just behind the flowers. Luckily, the deer weren't keen on walking right up the stand for their snacks!

   If you haven't already signed up for the winter share, please consider doing so soon. We'll be starting up the week of the 26th and have a great selection lined up for the fall and winter. Thanks again and eat well,  Greg

This week's share:

                   Full Share                                                       Half Share

             2 lbs potatoes                                                  1 lb potatoes

             2 lbs carrots                                                    1 lb carrots

             1 lb beans                                                       1/2 lb beans

             2 onions                                                          1 onion

             2 leeks                                                            1 leek

             1 eggplant                                                       1 eggplant

             6 apples                                                         3 apples

             2 winter squash                                               1 winter squash

             2 bags salad greens                                         1 bag salad greens

             1 head lettuce                                                 1 head lettuce

             1 bunch kale                                                   1 bunch kale   

Posted 10/10/2015 4:56am by Andre Cantelmo.

   We had a great week of harvest on the farm. Winter squash, peppers and onions are all out of the ground and at least in temporary storage. Sunday morning has the potential for a frost that would potentially damage those crops if left in the field. It was a great team effort to bring all that food in and we continued that effort today in planting lettuce and kale into a late tunnel. With a little help from the weather, we'll be enjoying those crops in November and December.     

   The problem with some of our storage crops is that they are hardly mature before the summer CSA ends. Due to the drought our brussels sprouts are still small. We're hopeful that the sprouts will size this month, but they may not be available until early November. We did begin digging sweet potatoes today and we will have a reasonable harvest. Technically, sweet potatoes need curing in the warm temperatures of a greenhouse before their flavor and sugar develop. This would make them unavailable until after the summer CSA season is over. We will do a taste test next week and if they are tasty, we'll put them in the last share. All the more reason to join our winter CSA and enjoy the harvests yet to come!

Greg

This week's share:

                    Full Share                                      Half Share

                  2 lbs potatoes                                   1 lb potatoes

                  2 lbs carrots                                     1 lb carrots

                  4 onions                                           2 onions

                  1 lb green beans                               1/2 lb green beans

                  3 sweet peppers                               2 sweet peppers

                  2 bags salad greens                          1 bag salad greens

                  6 apples                                           3 apples

                  2 winter squash                                 1 winter squash

                  1 bunch kale                                     1 bunch kale

                  1 eggplant (last of the season, enjoy!) 1 eggplant

                  4 ears corn (depends on the frost!)      2 ears corn

Posted 10/3/2015 4:19am by Andre Cantelmo.

  What change it has been to have mud on the farm rather than dust! For the first time in over three months we aren't worried about irrigation. We received 3.5 inches of rain on Wednesday and it felt wonderful. This rain will be vital in ripening some of our fall crops where water was no longer available for irrigation.

  The welcome rain this week takes the sting out of our losses to frost last Sunday morning. In my previous 14 years on the farm the earliest recorded frost was on October 5th. This year's on September 27th is more than a week earlier than that date, and in recent years frosts have come after the 20th of October so it was quite a surprise. Not all tender crops were affected, but the cucumbers were severely damaged and won't yield much more. Zucchini and summer squash were damaged. We lost a bean planting, although others remain. A sweet corn planting next to those beans was also ruined. I'm just glad we didn't lose more!

  As promised, winter squash appear in your shares this week. Butternut and Kabocha will be available for certain and possibly Delicata and Acorn. While the tomatoes survived the frost, this weather does nothing good for their happiness. We'll see how they look next week.

  Now is the time to sign up for the winter CSA. We're beginning to bring in some beautiful storage crops and our greens are looking great. Good food to keep you warm on those cold winter days.

    Enjoy,  Greg

This week's share:

                         Full Share                                              Half Share

                 2 lbs potatoes                                                  1 lb potatoes

                 2 lbs carrots                                                    1 lb carrots

                 1 lb beans                                                       1/2 lb beans

                 4 onions                                                          2 onions

                 2 sweet peppers                                            1 sweet pepper

                 1 green pepper                                              1 green pepper

                 4 ears sweet corn                                          2 ears sweet corn

                 6 apples                                                        3 apples

                 2 winter squash                                              1 winter squash

                 2 bags salad greens                                        1 bag salad greens

                 1 bunch kale                                                  1 bunch kale

                 1 eggplant                                                     1 eggplant

Posted 9/26/2015 5:53pm by Andre Cantelmo.

This week's share:

                    Full Share                                                 Half Share

                2 tomatoes                                                  1 tomato

                4 ears sweet corn                                       2 ears sweet corn

                2 lbs potatoes                                             1 lb potatoes

                2 lbs carrots                                               1 lb carrots

                1 lb beets                                                  1/2  beets

                1 lb green beans                                        1/2 lb green beans

                2 bags salad greens                                   1 bag salad greens

                6 apples                                                    3 apples

                3 onions                                                    2 onions

                2 sweet peppers                                        1 sweet pepper

                1 green pepper                                         1 green pepper

Posted 9/19/2015 4:39pm by Andre Cantelmo.

      More sun. More heat. The calendar says mid September, but it has hardly felt like it. Word is that weather next week will cool off dramatically. Some rain would be nice along with the temperature change. Probably wishful thinking, but we can always hope.

    Around the farm we are of course attending to many irrigation projects, but also a little planting, cultivation and gearing up for our fall storage harvests. All of our onions are ready to come in and be cured for storage. Same goes for winter squash (butternut, kabocha, delicata & acorn) and with any luck, sweet potatoes won't be far behind. You'll see squash in your shares at the beginning of next month as they need curing time to bring on their sugars. We certainly have the best looking sweet potato plants we've ever had on the farm, but we don't yet know what the crop looks like. 

    We hope that you'll consider joining us for the winter CSA. As in the past, we have many different storage crops but also greens throughout the winter. We also include apples for most if not all of the season. It's a great share for good food to enjoy during the cold weather.

    Enjoy,  Greg

This week's share:

                    Full Share                                                 Half Share

           2 bags salad greens                                        1 bag salad greens

           2 sweet peppers                                              1 sweet pepper

           2 green pepper                                               1 green pepper

           2 lbs carrots                                                    1 lb carrots

           2 lbs potatoes                                                 1 lb potatoes

           3 onions                                                          2 onions

           1 lb beans                                                       1/2 lb beans

           1 eggplant                                                       1 eggplant

           6 ears sweet corn                                            3 ears sweet corn

           4 apples                                                          2 apples

           1 tomato                                                          1 tomato

           

Posted 9/12/2015 4:05am by Andre Cantelmo.

 

   That was quite a heat wave we had this week! While uncomfortable, it probably contributed to the number of sweet peppers in the share this week and the reappearance of beans. The tomatoes are ripening here and there, but despite the heat they haven't really started ripening en mass yet. Hopefully the eighty degree days coming up this next week will do the trick.

   We have some very nice carrots this week and should continue to going forward. Green beans also look great for several weeks to come. You may find some hot peppers available in the shares this week, but at press time I hadn't yet counted to make sure we had enough. If so, there will be a selection of jalapeno, poblano, chilis and cherry.

  Enjoy,    Greg

This week's share:

                    Full Share                                         Half Share

           4 ears sweet corn                                    2 ears sweet corn

           2 lbs potatoes                                        1 lb potatoes

           2 lbs carrots                                           1 lb carrots

           3 cucumbers                                           2 cucumbers

           2 sweet peppers                                     1 sweet pepper

           2 green peppers                                     1 green pepper

           2 lbs green beans                                   1 lb green beans

           1 bag salad greens                                 1 bag salad greens

           3 onions                                                 2 onions

            1 bunch of kale                                      1 bunch of kale

            4 apples                                                2 apples

Posted 9/5/2015 8:43pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   No tomatoes this week. Oddly enough, this is the first share of the season without tomatoes. Our late field planting is coming along nicely and tomatoes will return soon. Not quite as much corn in the share this week, but if you are all corned out, it can be easily cut off the cob and frozen for winter use.

   Greg

This week's share:

               Full Share                                               Half Share

     8 ears sweet corn                                             4 ears sweet corn

     2 lbs potatoes                                                 1 lb potatoes

     1 lb carrots                                                      1/2 lb carrots

     2 cucumbers                                                   1 cucumber

     3 onions                                                          2 onions

     2 green peppers                                              1 green pepper

     2 sweet peppers                                              1 sweet pepper

     1 eggplant                                                      1 eggplant

     1 lb beets                                                       1/2 lb beets

     1 bag salad greens                                          1 bag salad greens

     1 bunch kale

Posted 8/31/2015 4:57am by Greg Balog.

 Position: Full-time Field Crew (2)

Start Date: Immediately through early November Duties include: harvesting and washing of vegetables; hand weeding and transplanting. Candidates must be able to repeatedly lift crates of veggies weighing as much as 50 lbs. We look for applicants who can work well with others even under adverse weather conditions.

Pay: $9.50 to $11 an hour (based upon experience).

Benefits: fresh air, sunshine and lots of free veggies.

   We strive to create a fun and supported work environment while working at an efficient pace to get the job done. We all take pride in our work and give 110% to meet our goals each week. We are seeking like minded people who can work well with others as well as be self-directed, quick learners, have a positive attitude, love to be outside and are passionate about local food!!

Please send all inquiries by e-mail to greg@heronpondfarm.com

Posted 8/28/2015 7:19pm by Andre Cantelmo.

   We've got corn this week folks. Sometimes when you have corn you have a whole lot of it! Heirloom yields have fallen to almost none, but the next planting is coming on strong and hopefully the upcoming heat will bring us some tasty antique treats in the middle of next month. Red tomatoes are still producing. Peppers and eggplant looking good.

  Beans can only tolerate so many weeds before they refuse to cooperate. The beans planned for this week and next have staged a work stoppage. We'll try and prevail upon their neighbors to be more cooperative in the near future. Our fall crops look very solid and already we are beginning to consider their harvest. We'll keep you posted.

    Eat well and enjoy your veggies!     Greg

This weeks' share:

                Full Share                                          Half Share

        12 ears sweet corn                                    6 ears sweet corn

        3 tomatoes                                               2 tomatoes

        3 onions                                                   2 onions

        3 cucumbers                                             2 cucumbers

        1 lb carrots                                              1/2 lb carrots

        2 lbs potatoes                                          1 lb potatoes

        2 green peppers                                       1 green pepper

        1 sweet pepper                                         1 sweet pepper

        1 eggplant                                               1 eggplant

        1 bag salad greens                                   1 bag salad greens

        1 bunch kale                                            1 bunch kale

        4 Brookdale Farm peaches                         2 Brookdale Farm peaches

 

Posted 8/26/2015 6:18am by Andre Cantelmo.

Dear Friends of the Farm,  

It’s hard to believe, unspeakable, banish the thought, but still it’s true, winter is coming.  How about this, it’s not so much that winter is coming as it is that hearty roasting vegetables are coming, warm meals that fill the house with good smells are coming, woodstoves and warm cider, pie pumpkins, soups that heal and comfort are coming.  Think sautéed greens with grated Parmesan melting on top, mashed potatoes, a medley of roasted parsnips beets and carrots so sweet they’ve practically caramelized.  Spinach or arugula salads toped with watermelon radish disks keeping the hope and promise of summer ever present.  Okay, I feel better now. We can do this, another winter is approaching and this will help:  

Registration for Heron Pond Farm Winter CSA is now OPEN! www.heronpondfarm.com  click on CSA in the top row then CSA sign up You can register on line, at the farm stand or at one of our farmer’s market booths.  

Please join us this winter and experience what eating seasonally and locally is all about. New England has so much more to offer than our favorite corn and tomatoes. This land provides us with amazing flavors even in the snow-covered months.  

Four-season farming has been so important to our farm, allowing us to retain our amazing staff by offering year round work  and keeps the momentum of the farm moving. We were always working in the winters, moving snow, fixing all the stuff that broke during the summer season. Now with the winter CSA we have good food and cash flow to go along with that work and we thank you! We think and hope you are getting something out of this too, being a part of making our farm successful means there is a farm here, keeping land open and green, not to mention the delicious local food year round and at a discount.  

Thanks, All of us here at Heron Pond Farm